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– Blue Pants: Word was going around recently that Leva Bates, who is known as “Blue Pants” in NXT, was not going to be brought back again to NXT because of heat on her for the way she carried herself backstage. Although Bates has annoyed wrestlers with her personality that has been described as “flamboyant” by some, PWTorch has learned that WWE recently inquired about her appearing at an upcoming NXT event.
Although Bates has heat with many wrestlers in NXT for the way she carries herself, that heat does not extend to WWE management. Right now Bates currently has a merchandise deal in place with WWE and she also did an interview for the upcoming Dudley Boys DVD set, as she was trained by them at the Team 3D Academy. [SR]
– Tommaso Ciampa: After word went around last weekend that Tomasso Ciampa had signed or was going to sign with NXT in the near future, PWTorch has learned that Ciampa is not expected to sign an NXT contract any time in the near future.
This does not mean that Ciampa won’t be signed by WWE to an NXT contract in the near future, but multiple sources have confirmed that right now Ciampa has no deal in place and is currently looking for indie bookings well into 2016. [SR]